$600 million Powerball jackpot attracts players

Friday, May 17, 2013 7:14 PM
Last updated Saturday, May 18, 2013 6:14 AM
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Her customers all had the same story to tell Jennifer Kim when they lined up Friday to buy lottery tickets for a $600 million payout.

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Cora Williams (center) and Ty Parrish bring a folder full of Powerball tickets - one for each person from their office pool - to an Augusta gas station.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Cora Williams (center) and Ty Parrish bring a folder full of Powerball tickets - one for each person from their office pool - to an Augusta gas station.

“They say they want to be rich and see their children be rich,” said Kim, the owner of Coli­seum BP at Walton Way and Eighth Street.

Powerball ticket sales have soared since no one matched all six numbers for Wednes­day’s $360 million jackpot. The jackpot has climbed to $600 million, surpassing the record of $588 million in November.

The winner has a choice of $600 million spread over 29 years and 30 payments or the cash option of $376.9 million. All but seven states have the opportunity to play.

Shalanda Tucker, a cashier at Greg’s Gas Plus at 411 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta, wasn’t aware of how high the jackpot had gotten.

“Now I have to buy a ticket,” she said as she looked at the computer. “I mean, why not?”

Kim said most of her lottery customers are loyal to their game and come almost every day, but business increases when the jackpot is this high. Individuals and groups are coming in to rack up on tickets. She has seen some individual sales of more than $200.

“People like to play,” she said.

Powerball players weren’t the only ones causing a frenzy. The Mega Millions jackpot was up to $190 million.

Tucker said she was seeing more customers interested in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing.

By Saturday, cashiers said, they expect the number of players interested in Powerball to increase even more.

At first, Tucker said she didn’t know what she would do if she won, but she quickly changed her mind.

“I’d put in my two weeks’ notice,” she said, laughing. “They know if I hit the lotto, I’d quit. I’ve already told them.”

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/18/13 - 10:51 am
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Look for
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the winners to be from the north, midwest or southwest.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/18/13 - 11:59 am
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If I had won Mega Million last night I planned to

Purchase the Tobacco Rd & Hwy 56 vacant corner, or a part of Downtown Hephzibah.

Build a 4 screen Movie Theater.

Either area economics would support it.
Since it would the only MOVIE Theater South of
Gordon Hwy for 30 miles (except on post) .

If I don't win soon someone will beat me to the idea.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/18/13 - 12:02 pm
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BTW: COLD PAIRS FOR THE MM LOTTERY

How many of you used the "random" Quick Pick to get a ticket?.

There are 56 Mega Millions pairs that have NOT been drawn in the last 500 draws. They are, (01-05) * (01-43) * (02-49) * (04-30) * (04-31) * (05-16) * (05-40) * (06-09) * (06-47) * (06-53) * (06-54) * (07-09) * (07-22) * (07-41) * (08-19) * (08-54) * (08-55) * (09-25) * (09-29) * (10-25) * (12-38) * (12-52) * (12-53) * (12-55) * (13-47) * (14-22) * (14-30) * (14-38) * (19-35) * (20-37) * (21-33) * (22-45) * (23-42) * (24-41) * (25-41) * (25-54) * (26-34) * (26-47) * (26-55) * (28-44) * (29-31) * (31-35) * (31-42) * (32-37) * (32-49) * (32-54) * (33-38) * (36-54) * (37-49) * (40-42) * (40-55) * (42-56) * (43-50) * (44-53) * (47-49) * (47-55)

The COLDEST Mega Million Pair is (06-54) it has never been drawn.

The Coldest Mega Ball is #12 it has not been drawn in 252 drawings followed by #18 that has not been drawn in 179 drawings.

Remember it is a honest game (chuckle)

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/18/13 - 12:35 pm
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COLD NUMBERS FOR POWERBALL

There have been 1621 Power Ball drawings since Wednesday, November 05, 1997. ( Ga dropped out and later dropped back in).
But still 1621 drawings.

There are 17 Powerball pairs that have NOT been drawn in the last 1621 draws. NEVER since the PB started. They are, (01-54) * (06-57) * (08-57) * (15-57) * (21-54) * (26-56) * (28-58) * (30-56) * (34-54) * (38-58) * (43-57) * (43-58) * (44-57) * (46-57) * (47-56) * (49-57) * (55-57)

There are 19 Powerball pairs that have NOT been drawn in the last 1000 draws. They are,

(01-54) * (02-53) * (06-57) * (08-57) * (15-33) * (15-57) * (21-54) * (26-56) * (28-58) * (30-56) * (34-54) * (38-58) * (43-57) * (43-58) * (44-57) * (46-57) * (47-56) * (49-57) * (55-57)

The coldest PB Money Balls are:
# Number of games since Last time drawn
30 ... 93
19 ... 76
22 ... 73
23 ... 68
8 ... 65

BUT, HIND SIGHT IS NOTHING

Remember they say Play Responsibly for a reason.
They sell $20 scratch offs with odds of breaking even of 1 in 10 and winning an extra $5 more than the cost are 1 in 52

While you are thinking grasp this.
1 in 3.33 odds means the game is loaded with free tickets or tickets paying less the cost of the ticket and fewer Profit making prizes.

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